What is child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse (or child molestation) is a break of trust and boundary between a child and an adult or older adolescent where the child is used as a sexual stimulate. Forms of child sexual abuse include engaging in sexual activity, inappropriate touching, exposure, or exposing children to pornographic material. Child sexual abuse has long term effects on the child such as survivor flashbacks and low self-esteem. Children often receive education about stranger danger, but unfortunately, 90% of survivors of child sexual abuse know their abuser. 

To learn more about child sexual abuse, click here for a STSM blog post on child sexual abuse.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, click here to learn more about how STSM can help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.